Why Bachelor of Arts in Business (Business Administration)

Good performance of a business relies on a complex array of pieces seamlessly working together — much like a company’s success relies on well-managed business operations. The W. P. Carey degree in business administration prepares you to effectively manage people, finances, and risk for organizations of all sizes.

As a business administration student, you’ll learn about forecasting demand, planning inventory, purchasing services, conducting skillful negotiations, building strategies for the future, and more. You’ll graduate with versatile skills and knowledge, a competitive edge in the job market, and the tools you need to create value throughout your career. A business degree in business administration prepares you to embark on a number of dynamic opportunities in the public or private sector.

Why ASU Online
  • ASU Library ASU Library
  • Career services Career services
  • Online tutoring Online tutoring
  • Study abroad Study abroad
  • Success Center Success Center
  • ASU+ Support Systems ASU+ Support Systems
  • ASU Library
    ASU Library ASU Library

    ASU Library

    Students who learn online have access to all of ASU Libraries’ resources through the Library. This includes research databases, electronic journals, e-books, and other research material. Library One Search allows you to search for books, journal articles and other materials through one easy-to-use search box.

    Career services
    Career services Career services

    Career services

    Career and Professional Development Service offers support year-round for online students, designed to strengthen your job search skills, build your resume, enhance your interview skills, and more. Virtual career advising appointments are available for all online students. Appointments can be made up logging in to Handshake. We also encourage students and alumni to take advantage of the multitude of other virtual services including: virtual career fairs and workshops, resume Drop Box for online resume reviews, InterviewStream for virtual practice interviews, online chat with a career professional, access downloadable handouts and resume examples and more!

    Online tutoring
    Online tutoring Online tutoring

    Online tutoring

    Need help with writing, math, biology, Spanish or another subject? ASU provides a number of tutoring resources online. Online tutoring is live, free, and available to all ASU students, including online degree students.


    Subject area tutoring is available on a small group, drop-in basis. Schedule writing appointments using TutorTrac.

    Study abroad
    Study abroad Study abroad

    Study abroad

    The Arizona State University Study Abroad Office offers more than 200 different programs in over 65 countries! ASU Online Students can study abroad during any term including summer or fall/spring semester, as well as spring break programs.


    Studying abroad impacts your life in many positive ways that last far beyond the duration of your program.

    Success Center
    Success Center Success Center

    Success Center

    Part personal advisor, part cheerleader, success coaches are focused on supporting you in achieving your goals. From helping you adjust to life as an online student, offering success strategies, time management tips and reminders, to connecting you to resources at ASU, success coaches are there to help smooth any bumps in the road and to cheer you on as you cross the finish line.


    “I love the approach ASU Online has of not just getting students through those first few courses, but on working with students in a supporting role throughout their entire academic experience.” – Christopher Kozma, ASU Online Success Coach

    ASU+ Support Systems
    ASU+ Support Systems ASU+ Support Systems

    ASU+ Support Systems

    With your determination and ASU+, you’ll have all you need to thrive. Our suite of unique, premier services empower you toward success on your educational journey.


    Unmatched suite of support services


    • Personal care programs
    • Time management awareness and coaching
    • Student well-being programs
    • Students success coaches
    • High-quality classes
    • Technical resources
    Admission requirements

    General admission requirements

    • Freshman are required to have a minimum 3.00 GPA from a secondary school.


    • Transfer students are required to have a minimum 2.50 GPA, unless applying for programs within W. P. Carey School of Business and Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, which require a minimum 3.00 GPA. Some programs may also require a higher GPA to transfer into their college.


    • International students who attended four years of high school in the U.S. are required to meet the competency requirements:
    • – English – 4 years (composition/literature based).
    • – Math – 4 years (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and one course requiring Algebra II as a prerequisite).
    • – Laboratory Science – 3 years from any of the following areas: biology, chemistry, Earth science, integrated sciences and physics).
    • – Social Science – 2 years (including American history).
    • – Foreign Language – 2 years (same language).
    • – Fine Arts – 1 year.

    Freshman additional requirements

    Freshman applicants who meet the requirements for ASU freshman admission are eligible for direct admission to the W. P. Carey School of Business Bachelor of Arts degree program. To be admitted to ASU, you must be a high school graduate and meet one of the following criteria:

    *ASU and W. P. Carey do not require the writing portion of these tests.

    – An SAT Reasoning score of 1120* (March 2016 and after) or 1040* (prior to March 2016) for residents
    – An SAT Reasoning score of 1180* (March 2016 and after) or 1110* (prior to March 2016) for nonresidents
    – ACT 22 (24 nonresidents)*
    – A high school class ranking in the top 25 percent
    – An overall, unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 in competency courses defined by ASU (4.0 = A)

    Transfer additional requirements

    – ASU transfer student admission requirements
    – 3.0 cumulative ASU GPA (if you have attended ASU)
    – 3.0 cumulative transfer GPA (if you have attended another institution)
    – Minimum grade requirements must be met for all critical tracking courses taken (applicable only if student falls under critical tracking requirements)
    – If you are a transfer student applying to the W. P. Carey School of Business Bachelor of Arts degree program, you are eligible for direct admission if you have met the following requirements:
    – An ASU Academic Integrity violation may preclude a student from entering or changing W. P. Carey academic programs